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Military closure on West Bank extended till Saturday

A military closure of the West Bank for the Rosh Hashanah holiday has been extended amid the intense manhunt for six Palestinian security prisoners who fled from a high-security jail earlier this week.

The closure, a routine procedure during Israeli and Jewish holidays, had been set to end on Wednesday at midnight, but will now continue through Saturday night, the military says, though goods will still be allowed through the West Bank crossings.

Palestinians who work in Israeli settlements in the West Bank will also be able to work as normal beginning Thursday.

The closure on the Gaza Strip’s goods crossings will also end as planned on Wednesday night, the Israel Defense Forces says.

The military adds that exceptions will be made in “humanitarian, medical and irregular cases.”

The IDF is gearing up for a potential escalation in the West Bank and Gaza amid the tensions over the escape of the security prisoners.

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